Rosie re­veals ex tried to kill her­self be­fore

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Former day­time TV host Rosie O’Don­nell’s tragic ex-wife at­tempted sui­cide when she was mar­ried to the ac­tress.

Michelle Rounds, who split from the Emmy win­ner in 2014, took her own life at her home on Sept. 11 after re­port­edly bat­tling men­tal health is­sues for years, and now her former wife has re­vealed Rounds at­tempted sui­cide shortly after they sep­a­rated.

“It was not the first time (she tried to kill her­self),” O’Don­nell told Ex­tra. “There was a time in Septem­ber 2015. You think love has the an­swer. But men­tal ill­ness has no say.”

Rosie and Michelle, who was 46 when she died, started dat­ing in 2011 and they wed in June 2012. Rosie filed for di­vorce in Fe­bru­ary 2015, claim­ing their re­la­tion­ship was ir­re­triev­ably bro­ken.

In a state­ment fol­low­ing her ex-wife’s death, Rosie wrote: “I am sad­dened to hear about this ter­ri­ble tragedy. Men­tal ill­ness is a very se­ri­ous is­sue af­fect­ing many fam­i­lies. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s fam­ily, her wife and their child.”

Mean­while, to mark World Men­tal Health Day, the A League of Their Own star has re­vealed she has been bat­tling a se­ri­ous de­pres­sion ever since the Columbine High School mas­sacre in 1999.

“I suf­fer from ma­jor de­pres­sive dis­or­der,” she tells Ex­tra. “In ’99, after Columbine, I went on med­i­ca­tion and I’ve been on it ever since. For me, it works in my life. For me, it’s been a life jacket at times when I felt like swim­ming down, so for me, it’s some­thing that we have to take the stigma away from.”


Rosie O’Don­nell, right, and Michelle Rounds wed in June 2012. O’Don­nell filed for di­vorce in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

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